Playing video games can be an expensive hobby, but Amazon's tempting new discount will help gamers get the newest releases for less. Amazon Prime members now get up 20 percent off new copies of physical games, when they are purchased during the preorder period or within two weeks of the game's release.
A new console game often costs about $60, adding up to a savings of roughly $12 every time a Prime member buys a new video game. The deal only applies to video games that are shipped and sold by the online retail giant; stores that use Amazon as a platform and discount games won't be eligible for the deal.
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According to Amazon's FAQ page about the new deals, the Prime benefit will also include Collector's Editions of games, which often include memorabilia or extra content for more money. Bundles, however, are not eligible. In 2015, more than 500 new games were released. According to the Entertainment Software association, people spent $15.4 billion on video games in 2014; 48 percent of that was on physical copies.
Gamers already have a number of benefits within the Prime program, including free release day delivery and a guarantee that if you preorder a game and the price changes before launch, that you will get the lower price.
Amazon offers a 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime, after which it is available for $99 per year. Besides gaming benefits, Prime also includes free two-day shipping, unlimited photo storage, access to Amazon video and exclusive programming, unlimited music streaming and access to more than 800,000 free e-books on Kindle.